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author: Will Ferguson
name: Susan
average rating: 3.66
book published: 2012
rating: 4
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date added: 2013/09/07
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A book to make you really think about the oil and gas industry and the nature of thievery.

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New Start

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I’ve started a new job and it has ups and downs in the adjustment from one role to another.  I’m moving from the job of teacher librarian to the job of technology consultant.  Some days I’m really excited and others I’m exceedingly nervous.  Some days I’m confident and others I’m completely overwhelmed.  Today I had two interactions which really made me delighted to be taking on my new role. I was strolling the hallways of our central office building and had  brief conversations with two people ‘above’ me in the hierarchy.  One has a closer supervisory capacity of my job and the other has a more arms-length role.  Both of them were warm and supportive.  It felt so good to be affirmed as a person regardless of my capacity and output.  I am relieved to know and to see the humanity of the ‘powers that be’ within my organization.  It made me say, “I have a fantastic work place and can’t wait to get started”.

It’s going to be a good year.

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Playing with Infographics

My First Infographic

My First Infographic

https://magic.piktochart.com/output/388856-funkroadtrip2013  Just messing around with Piktochart.

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Evaluating Professional Development

Evaluating Professional Development
author: Thomas R. Guskey
name: Susan
average rating: 3.83
book published: 1999
rating: 3
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date added: 2013/08/24
shelves: professional-development
review:

A research heavy book on professional development evaluation. I found myself nodding off while reading it. The information is good and the techniques and tools described will be helpful. Certainly something I will be referring to throughout the coming year. The five levels of evaluation breakdown is particularly helpful – level one – participant reaction, level two – participant learning, level three – organizational support and change, level four – use of knowledge and skills and level five – student learning. It was important for me to look at and reflect on the multitude of ways in which leaders need to evaluate their work. As a participant in PD, I have often only thought about my learning and skill and how it connected to my students. I would occasionally notice barriers to my learning within organization or supports for my learning in the organization but they were not my main concern. I would notice when professional development missed my zone of proximal development by being either too hard or too easy. I gave feedback when requested and occasionally just because I had an opinion. It is interesting to be transitioning to this new space as an instructional leader and to be faced directly with the need to accommodate teachers and evaluate whether or not the work I do with them makes a difference in the place it needs to – with students.

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Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction

Unmistakable Impact: A Partnership Approach for Dramatically Improving Instruction
author: Michael James (Jim) Knight
name: Susan
average rating: 4.39
book published: 2010
rating: 4
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date added: 2013/08/24
shelves: professional-development
review:

A good guide for educator leaders planning for teacher professional development. The organization of the book suits the audience as principals, coaches, instructional leaders can read the chapters which are specific to their role and the ways they can have the greatest impact on instructional improvement. Some take-aways – school instructional improvement plans should be no longer than one page and contain goals on planning for content, assessment, instructional strategies and community. I thought the instructional strategies were a little old school and lacked specificity but the book is about planning for instructional improvement and less about the things to change in the instruction. I know I will be referring back to the coaching section and the planning for workshops sections throughout this year.

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Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College [With DVD]

Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College [With DVD]
author: Doug Lemov
name: Susan
average rating: 4.06
book published: 2010
rating: 4
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date added: 2013/08/24
shelves: professional-development
review:
An excellent book for a principal, teacher librarian, consultant or instructional coach. This book breaks down teaching excellence into techniques which teachers can practice and reflect on. Too many times in my early career I was told, “You need to let them know you are the boss” or “You need to command the room” but with no suggestions on how that was done. You either had it or you didn’t. Well Lemov has studied the teachers who have it and made it into something others can learn. Many of the techniques will be in your repertoire already if you are established as a teacher but I found things I was still able to learn from and think about. An excellent book for helping a beginning teacher to reflect on what is working and what they would like to improve. I’m not big on the ‘path to college’ as our primary goal but beyond that this is one I will be purchasing for my own book shelf.

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The Daily Five

The Daily Five
author: Gail Boushey
name: Susan
average rating: 4.30
book published: 2006
rating: 5
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I would recommend this book to any teacher K-12. There are such practical ideas for teaching self-monitoring and independence in the classroom setting. Although the book is aimed at K-3, I can see applications for multi-level classrooms at any age. I’m looking forward to using the ideas this year with the teachers I am coaching. A book I need to purchase.

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